I figured it’s about time to update the posts for these palettes. I made the original post back when these were released for PRO only, but things have changed since then! The product is still the same, but it’s been available at MAC stores and has been part of the permanent Studio line for some time now. My apologies that these are a bit ugly and used… These are the second round of palettes that I’ve purchased, so they’re pretty new, but they’ve have been put to work in my kit… I had to redo the photos because I have a MUCH better lighting set up and know how to use my camera better now, so these are a more accurate representation of the colors!
Originally, these were designed with the professional makeup artist’s need in mind and released through MAC PRO only, but they’re great to have for personal use as well. Since there are a variety of colors in each palette, it makes it easy to find the right match, either by using them individually or by combining them to create the perfect color. For personal use, these are nice to have because so many people have fluctuations in their skintone between seasons, so you will never run into the “oh no my concealer is too dark/light” dilemma! You can also use these to contour and highlight with if you prefer creams.
The Studio Conceal and Correct palettes are the same size as the Pro Lip Palettes and eye shadow quad palettes. They fit easily into any makeup kit or travel bag and contain a total of 6g / 0.21oz of product… That’s 1g per concealer/corrector, as opposed to the 7g / 0.24oz you get in an individual Studio Finish Concealer. PRO Conceal and Correct Palettes sell for $40. That may or may not seem like a great value to an everyday consumer, but for us professional makeup artists, these are worth every penny due to the convenience factor! These are eligible for the MAC PRO discount as well. You can purchase these at any MAC store or online at www.maccosmetics.com.
Studio Finish Concealers are SPF35 and packed with nourishing antioxidants. They are highly pigmented and have a creamy consistency that is easily blendable. While they’re suitable for all skin types, if you have a dry under eye area, just make sure to use a lightweight eye cream before you apply your concealer (usually 30 minutes or so prior to doing your makeup)… That will prevent it from looking too dry or emphasizing lines. When I apply concealers or correctors, I like to put on my primer, then put on my foundation, THEN concealer… I know a lot of you may do concealer, then foundation, which is fine too, but you’ll actually use less concealer or corrector if you do it AFTER foundation! This is because when you apply foundation over your concealer, you may be wiping it away or thinning it out, giving you less coverage. If you wanna give it a shot applying your foundation, then concealer/corrector, just be sure to use your foundation brush with whatever product is leftover on there, or beauty blender sponge, gently patting over the concealer after you put it on to blend it in!
You can apply these with natural to full coverage, depending on what type of brush you use. For heavier coverage, you can use a flat concealer brush like a MAC 193, 194, or 195 brush, or a MAC 287 duo-fibre brush… For a lighter application or for more blendability, you can use a fluffier brush like a MAC 217, 222, 224, or my favorite, the 286 duo-fibre brush.
There are four concealers in each palette and two correctors at the bottom. The correctors are made to counteract redness (yellow toned) and to brighten dark areas, like under the eyes, around the nose/mouth, and any scars or spots from blemishes (peach/orange tone).
These wear best when they are set with some type of powder after application… I like using a translucent or transparent finishing powder, such as MAC’s Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder or MAC Set Powder in Invisible. When set like this, I get at least 8 hours of wear before any fading or movement occurs.
For a brief explanation of how MAC names/codes their products:
W = Warm (typically more pinkish undertones)
NW = Neutral Warm (beige mixed with pink/salmon or red undertones)
N = Neutral (very neutral beige with no apparent pink or yellow tones)
NC = Neutral Cool (beige mixed with yellow/olive undertones)
C = Cool (yellow to olive undertones)
Overall Rating: 4.8 / 5
Color Payoff: 5
Wear Time: 4
NC40: NC40 is a medium, almost peachy beige with neutral undertones… In the swatch photo, it looks warm, but it’s only because I’m so fair! It actually has cooler-neutral tones on deeper skin tones. It works well to conceal on the face, as well as correct and highlight with, since it’s pretty neutral and doesn’t tend to lean too orange. This concealer can be purchased individually if it’s the only one you need.
NW40: This concealer is a medium-dark, warm beige/brown with orange undertones. I typically use this on dark to deep skin tones to brighten and correct under the eye and around the mouth and nose, if necessary. You can use this to highlight on the face, too. NW40 is also available in the NW40/NC45 Studio Finish Concealer Duo, as well as on its own.
NC42: NC42 is a medium dark, cool toned beige with almost peachy/orange undertones… It looks different on warm or cool skin tones, and I’m so fair that the swatch actually looks a little warmer on me than on most people. Since this color is fairly neutral, it can be used for both under eye correction as well as concealing or highlighting on the face. NC42 can also be bought by itself if you don’t need the entire palette.
NW43: NW43 is a dark, warm brown with somewhat reddish/salmon undertones. It works very well for counteracting dark areas under the eye and around the mouth/nose, as well as any dark spots from blemishes or scarring. You may also use this to highlight with, or to conceal blemishes with if you have about the same skin tone. Even though this is a darker color, it may be too warm for a contour on a lot of people… If you have a medium-dark skin tone, you can try it as a cream bronzer, though! NW43 can be purchased on it’s own but is not part of any of the concealer duos.
Rich Yellow: Rich Yellow is a medium , cool yellow and is the corrector color in the palette that’s best for correcting redness, or you can mix it with other concealers to cool them down a bit. You can also mix this with concealers to create a new color for highlighting… Due to the fact that it’s so cool toned and yellow, I don’t necessarily recommend using this under the eyes by itself anyway, because it can make you look a little washed out. Rich Yellow is only available in this palette.
Burnt Coral: Burnt Coral is a medium dark, rich, warm toned orange/coral. A corrector like this is awesome at counteracting dark circles under the eyes, as well as any dark spots on the face. However, you don’t just want to put this on without another concealer or at least a bit of your foundation over it… The point of correctors like this is to counteract, but they’ll look a little funky without something similar or lighter than your skin tone blended over them! It’s not necessarily great for highlighting, because it’s so pigmented and orange, but you can mix it with other concealers to warm them up for the purpose of highlighting. Burnt Coral can be purchased in a refill pan from MAC PRO stores or on their website, which fit into the palettes that most people use for eye shadows (you can get those in 2, 4, or 15 pan).